Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman
What, exactly, will be the source media for this supposed upcoming tech. upgrade? Multi-layered Blu-ray discs with an increased bitrate? Or will there be another nasty format war?
Well, I wonder also... If they wanted to keep it Blu Ray compatable with only minor upgrades, I suppose they would have to use Mpeg 4 AVC and the current lossless DD and DTS offerings. But for the video, how much space will a 4K movie take compressed by MPEG 4-AVC? Even if you used max compression at 10 Mbit/sec? Even then, players are of capable of reading more than 2 layers? And as mentioned, you'd have to have the 12 bit color, digital projection format, (I forget the commerical digital projection format abbreviation, off the top of my head...)
I would think that Sony would just come out with another format based of the Blu Ray name which would of course just be backward compatable with standard Blu Ray. Blu Ray 4K? I don't think anyone is going to challenge Sony in a format war, especially with the marketing douchebags pushing for downloadable, 0n-demand, overcompressed bullcrap. I can see them coming out with a new player that has the entire Blu Ray and DVD formats, but just adds a new wavlet compression technology to the mix.
I see Sony coming out with a new format based on the Blu Ray name, and making it backwards compatable with Blu Ray, DVD, etc... Maybe call it "Blu Ray 4K" or "Blu Ray Supreme"
Either way, you know they have been working on it behind the scenes...
I'm happy to have lossless audio which will at the very least be maintained from hereon forward in a home video format. 4K would be a great boost to the home market. I fear the day when we ONLY have the option of overcompressed video on demand bullcrap. We have that now with audio. I still buy CD's.
I'm happy to have lossless audio which will at the very least be maintained from hereon forward in a home video format. With downloaded movies, it seems they still use lossy codecs for audio to decrease filesize.
Will they support a 21x9 enhancement for scope movies or some other means to allow wider-than-1.78:1 movies to have the same or similar resolution to 4k x 2k 1.78:1 content?
This is a HUGE interest. I wish somebody would make a 2.35 aspect chip. Same vertical resolution. Just give us the option to activate those extra horizontal pixels on th echip when we hit 2.35 mode. I would REALLY like to eliminate the need for an additional expensive lens. I'd rather put that money towards a single internal lens.
Include, as a standard feature this time, moveable/sizable subtitles, resume play memory, etc.? I thought these were to be included in Blu-ray's regular feature specs.!!!
Thankfully, at least the oppo allows for moving the subtitles upward... for those movies that incorrectly put the subtitles below the video frmae on 2:35 movies. I wish they would adress this issue as well. Shame on them for not correcting this for the blu Ray format.
Would they dump the pain-in-the-arse HDMI interface for a better cable? Much longer distances, easy and fast hand-shaking, low jitter, whole-house distribution friendly, secure connector plugs, higher band width. Fiber optic, perhaps??? Whomever came up with HDMI should be banned from the A/V world for life!
Thankfully, I have been fortunate to have the HOST and Lumis, so the only HDMI run is 1 meter from the blu ray to the Host. The fiber optic from the host to the Lumis is awesome. After experiencing this method of keeping the electronics in the host, I don't want to do it another way. Fiber optic or bust!!
Anyway Dan, great post.